Dr. Farid A. Malik |
Despite being in politics/power for over three decades, the Sharifs have been able to dodge accountability. On the other hand, the original party of change, the People’s Party, and its leadership were held accountable by the Ehtesab Commission (EC) established by President Farooq Leghari after the dismissal of the government of Benazir. It was the first major attempt at accountability in the country.
Pakistan will come back and remain on track if the electoral exercise remains credible. Let accountability continue
Finally, Benazir was granted bail and all three Conniver’s sent home. I have purposely omitted the name of Chief Justice of (LHC) as he is no longer in this world. But the situation was very sad. The Law Minister was the son of a very respected Ex-Prime Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, the father of the Chief Justice had occupied the same position before and so was the father of the puisne judge. All three blue-blooded individuals were involved in below-the-belt activities, what a shame.
The only way forward and is free and fair elections. Ballot tampering will not work and should not be tried again for the 11th time
Pointing fingers at others will not help. The Sharifs believe that every successful person in Pakistan is corrupt or ‘doh (two) number’. Individuals or institutions that come in the way of their corruption by enforcing rules and regulations are either sidelined or crushed. There is no room for dissent or discussion; either deliver or face demolition is their approach.
The party-less elections opened floodgates that have to be shut by effective across-the-board accountability starting with but not limited to the Sharifs of Lahore
Once the references are processed, the good, bad and the ugly will become more and more visible. Amnesty from prosecution will be sought by most individuals as was done in the nineties. As a party, Muslim League has been a mistress of the powerful ever since the creation of Pakistan.
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Pervez Musharraf was confident that both Sharifs and Bhuttos would not be able to stage a comeback. Shaukat Aziz as PM was involved in their cover up and worked against the interests of the nation and his boss. That is why the General alone is being tried under Article 6 while the PM and the Law Minister have been spared for reasons best known to the Sharifs.
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The party-less elections opened floodgates that have to be shut by effective across-the-board accountability starting with but not limited to the Sharifs of Lahore, who has now turned into a Mafia as pointed out by the Supreme Court. However, the only way forward and is free and fair elections. Ballot tampering will not work and should not be tried again for the 11th time. Pakistan will come back and remain on track if the electoral exercise remains credible. Let accountability continue.
Dr. Farid Malik is a prominent technical and management expert in mining, materials, engineering and high-tech industry; he is a regular columnist for The Nation and Pakistan Today. He is ex-Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation. This article was first published in The Nation and is republished with the permission of the author. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy.